Friday Links: On Chelsea Manning’s First Portrait As A Free Woman

  • Samantha Allen considers the first image of a free Chelsea Manning, and how the prison where she was kept policed her gender expression. [The Daily Beast]
  • Both Adam Szymczyk, curator of the upcoming documenta 14, and Christine Macel, curator of this year’s cheeseball Venice Biennale, included their lovers in their respective shows. Scandal or common practice? [artnet News]
  • There are few topics more depressing than the death of a whale. Yet that’s the topic of Lukas Hofmann’s show Enzyme, which opens tonight at Paris’ Galerie Frangulyan. If you’re in town, go cry, I guess. [AQNB]
  • Chiba-based businessman Yusaku Maezawa just dropped a record-breaking $110.5 million on a 1982 Basquiat painting at Sotheby’s. It’s the most ever paid at an auction for work by an American artist. The good news in this story? It’s going to live at the art museum in the buyer’s hometown. [ARTnews]
  • Valse Kunst Museum in Vledder, The Netherlands is a museum dedicated to forgeries. The museum was started by jilted Dutch collectors, who of course made lemons out of lemonade, and now houses plenty of convincing knockoffs of masterpieces. This is awesome. [The Boston Globe]
  • 83-year-old activist and artist Raphael Montañez Ortiz will receive a medal for his contributions to Chicano culture at a ceremony in UCLA. Ortiz is known for “destructivist” art, in which he literally destroys household items as sculpture. I’m kinda hoping he chops the medal in half with an axe on stage as soon as he gets it! [UCLA Newsroom]
  • Here’s a very useful guide to applying to New York’s Affordable Housing Lottery. Though with odds like these, you might as well apply for the actual lottery and just become a millionaire like anyone paying current market-rate rents in Manhattan. [Curbed]
  • Cara Ober is basically the only writer I know who seems to have actually enjoyed Venice this year. Apparently the secret is pregaming with a spritz! Note to self… [BmoreArt]
  • Andrew Berman Architects have added a beautiful extension to the The New York Public Library’s Stapleton branch. My first thought: I could read here all day. My second thought: the acoustics of all these hard surfaces combined with the volume of Staten Island conversations will probably make this reading room unusable to all but the deaf. [Dezeen]
  • Mass MoCA’s gigantic $65m expansion enables the museum to house long-term, large scale installations. The first batch includes a 15-year commission from Jenny Holzer, a 25-year James Turrell show, a 15-year Laurie Anderson radio station, and a 15-year exhibition of a massive Louise Bourgeois sculpture, among others. For a destination museum, this seems like a smart move. [The Art Newspaper]
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